The baby boy who washed up on the shore, face down in the mud and his family were refugees from Syria’s "financed" civil war. They tried to reach Greece, but their over-crowded boat overturned in the Mediterranean Sea and he drowned along with his brother and mother.
From The Daily Telegraph:
THE father of the three-year-old boy whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach, rocking the whole world to its core, has been accused of being a people smuggler who captained the fateful voyage.A woman who lost two of her three children on the vessel made the stunning claims to Network Ten via her cousin, who lives in Sydney.
It was claimed that the boy's father Abdullah was a people smuggler who captained the dodgy boat for its entire voyage, capsizing in heavy seas and killing at least 12 people. Iraq-based Zainab Abbas, via her Sydney-based cousin Lara Tahseen, told Ten News she paid $10,000 for the voyage and Aylan’s father was in charge of the boat.
“He was a smuggler, yes, he was the one driving the boat,’’ she said. She claimed a separate people smuggler to whom they paid the money had told them the captain was taking his own children on the voyage. “He said ‘don’t worry, the captain of the boat, the driver, is going to bring his two kids and his wife,” she said.
The woman claimed the boat was travelling faster than its capabilities and had too many desperate asylum seekers on board.The family of five was told there would only be six on the boat but when they got on there were 14. “He was going crazy, like speed,” she said. “He was the one driving the boat right from the start. When they set off five minutes in he was looking left and right, worried, then he was speeding. Even his wife was screaming at him to slow down,” she said.
Ms Tahseen said when the family arrived in Istanbul they phoned a number they were told was Mr Kurdi’s but another man answered. They paid this man the money and he told them when they arrived at the island they were heading for, on which they would move to another boat to go to Greece, to phone him. He and Mr Kurdi would then split the money, Ms Tahseen claimed. The trip was only supposed to take 15 minutes.
Follow this link and see how the boy's body was moved from its original location to a new location for a better photo op. Farsnews
Especially for anyone with young children, the picture is a punch in the gut. No wonder this visceral photograph has also gone viral.
Newsflash to the “free world”: this is what war looks like. This times ten million. That which is mere “foreign policy” to you and your government is desperation and death to those on the receiving end of our foreign policy.
Children just as innocent and precious as Aylan are being driven into the sea in Libya, incinerated by drones in Pakistan, or starved to death in Yemen all the time, and it is all on your dime. And every single instance creates a sight just as achingly forlorn and horrifically tragic as the one above, even if it isn’t photographed and seen by millions.
Another newsflash: Many millions of mothers and fathers ARE driven from their homes and sources of livelihood throughout the countries shattered by weapons from the West: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, Ukraine, and more.
Why does it take such vivid imagery news feeds to feel concern for the havoc wreaked by our governments’ policies?
The photograph was released by the media to stir us only enough to be manipulated into demanding — more of the very same kind of bombing intervention that caused the tragedies in the first place.
HERE IS THE BIG LIE. Warmongers in government and the media are perversely but predictably trying to conscript Aylan’s corpse into their march to escalation. They are contending that Aylan died because the West has not intervened against Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad, and that it must do so now to spare other children the same fate.
Um, no, Aylan’s family were Kurdish refugees from Kobani who had to flee that city when it was besieged, not by Assad, but by Assad’s enemy: ISIS funded by the CIA. And ISIS is running rampant in that part of Syria only because the US-led West and its regional allies have given them cover by supporting and arming the jihadist-dominated uprising against Assad.
The West has been intervening in Syria heavily since at least 2012. Indeed, it is Western intervention that has exacerbated and prolonged the conflict, which has now claimed a quarter of a million lives.
But because much of the intervention has been covert and by proxy, it has received little media coverage and public attention. So the “blowback” that results from it, including Aylan’s death, can be conveniently blamed on alleged “non-intervention” and used to justify more overt and direct intervention.
In this way, governments have long exploited public obliviousness and gullibility to get their wars and war $$$$$$$$$$$ profits.
Moreover, if the hawks were to get their wish of seeing Assad finally overthrown and his forces dismantled, there would then be zero local resistance to ISIS, Syrian Al Qaeda, and the other jihadist groups completely overrunning Syria.
As bad as the refugee crisis is now, just imagine what it will be like as all of Syria’s many religious minorities desperately flee from these hyper-violent and hyper-sectarian Sunnis, armed to the teeth with Western weapons.
Far from preventing such tragedies as Aylan’s drowning, intervening further would only produce many more refugees. For every refugee family admitted into other countries, we will finance the creation of dozens more refugee families as we continue bombing and intervening and financing war.
If you are troubled by that picture you saw on Facebook. Good. It means your heart hasn’t been completely hardened by nationalistic and xenophobic indoctrination.
Don’t let the picture make you susceptible to war party manipulation. Don't forget about it when the news media grabs your attention with some other "tradgedy of the week" like a new "movie of the week".
To truly contribute to justice for Aylan, work to STOP THE WAR and STOP PAYING MILITARY TAXES for war.
The first step to setting things right is understanding. Make it a project to learn about the role of foreign intervention in the Syrian Civil War that is creating so many of these refugees, and in the wars roiling the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia in general. And once you’ve acquired understanding for yourself, work to spread enlightenment to others.
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